NEW YORK TOUR: WALKING ON WATER
THE FIRST STOP ON OUR NEW YORK TOUR IS CENTRAL PARK.WE ARRIVE AFTER A DRIVE THROUGH HELL’S KITCHEN. THE KITCHEN IS A NEIGHBORHOOD WITH RICH HISTORY AND LORE; IT’S PAST IS STEEPED IN THE LONG GONE DOCKS, FACTORIES, GAS WORKS AND SLAUGHTERHOUSES. WE’LL DRIVE PAST BODEGAS, TENEMENTS, PIZZA PLACES, CHINESE TAKE-OUT RESTAURANTS, CHECK CASHING PLACES, LAUNDRIES, LOTS OF PEOPLE ON THE STREET, TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS.
Central Park has to be seen, to be appreciated! While in the park we’ll drift down to Loeb Lake, and follow a path near the water that will lead us to the Ladies Pavilion; It’s in a perfect spot, by a lake, under a canopy of trees, with a beautiful vista of Manhattan in the distance. Originally it was a place that women of the 1860’s would change into their ice-skates, hidden away from the fellas. Winters were colder then, Loeb Lake would freeze, and upwards of 75,000 people would spend a day gliding on the ice, under the watchful gaze of the Dakota Apartments.
The East river used to freeze as well. In the harsh winter of 1866, a steam ferry plying the route between Brooklyn and Manhattan was marooned for six hours. On that boat was an engineer named John Roebling. He had an epiphany of a great bridge spanning the river. Seventeen years later Brooklyn Bridge opened for business. Mr. Roebling never lived to see that day, dying from tetanus long before The East River Bridge opened in 1883.
Imagine skating gracefully on Loeb, with more space than you’ll ever need under the beautifully dark sky. Or stepping bravely out onto the solid East River and skating towards Manhattan. If it freezes again, I’m giving it a shot! Who wouldn’t?